Hughenden Manor and its contents were given to the National Trust by the Disraelian Society in 1937, the house having already assumed the character of a museum in Disraeli's memory.
- White marble
- 26 x 20 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,000 ( Total: £18,500)
- Acquired in:
The collection now consists partly of Disraeli's own furnishings, pictures, and sculpture, and partly of memorabilia that have subsequently been given to the house. Given to Benjamin Disraeli by a friend, this gift reflected Disraeli's almost exclusively Italian taste in sculpture. The powerfully modelled heads were probably carved for a frieze in the Palazzo Grimani, Venice (demolished in1820). These reliefs are five from a probable original total of sixteen or more, probably intended as facial expressions of different states of mind.
Palazzo Grimani, Venice; Given to B.Disraeli by Sir Philip Rose Bt; Disraeli sale, Christie's 1881; Park Place, Remenham Hill, Henley; Mallams, Oxford, 4/10/89, lot 345; with Agnew's.
Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £10.45)
1 Jan – 16 Jan Daily, 11am - 3pm (gardens 10am - 3.00pm) 17 Jan – 28 Feb Daily, 11am to 4pm (gardens 10am – 4.00pm) 29 Feb – 31 Oct Daily, 11am – 5pm (gardens 10am – 5.00pm) 1 Nov – 31 Dec Daily, 11am to 3pm (gardens 10am – 3.00pm)